Unless Kuhn, Hall, or Johnson can play some safety, the Packers messed this up.
No one could be sure if this would come back to bite Green Bay when the Packers made their cuts, but it didn't take an NFL analysts with Chris Mortenson's credential to figure it out.
Now with Bigby missing extended time, Collins nicked up and Rouse not performing up to par (so much so that he was cut in favor of a young player who'd never played a snap in the 3-4) the Packers are stuck. If Collins couldn't go, they'd be forced to start two players who'd never been full-time starters and had never started for this team in this scheme. You can't win football games like that.
No, you can't plan for injuries, especially when they lose both your top guys like the Packers have. But Thompson kept three full backs...three. A position the Packers use maybe half the time on offense and we've got three players to play it. If you want to talk about special teams, I'm pretty sure Martin could have played special teams and the Pack could have kept Anthony Smith to be a back-up player so you could keep two fullbacks.
So where is Anthony Smith now? St. Louis, the team Green Bay will face this week. Just another reminder to Thompson that of that wayward drive when he cut Smith.
I have been, and still am a Ted Thompson supporter. Personnel decisions are not made solely by the GM, the coaches and staff have a big input in how these things work. THere's no way Thompson made these decisions without consulting Dom Capers and Mike McCarthy. The coaches decided Rouse was such a lost cause, that a never-has-been like Matt Giordano was a better option.
We know all about hindsight and what great vision it is. Could Brandon Underwood have gotten some time at safety? Should the Packers have kept Anthony Smith instead of three fullbacks? Should Jarret Bush be playing professional football? All valid questions. (I really hate ganging up on him, but c'mon the guy has done nothing but screw up every chance he's gotten, at some point it's time to let him go. If Rouse was booted for not playing well, Bush should have been carrying his bags out with him).